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Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over, I’ll turn my attention to garland, ornaments, and holiday lights. But before I do I’ll take a few, simple steps for fire safety. Winter holidays are a great time to celebrate. But there’s also an increased risk of fire. I’m reviewing the educational materials that are part of the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration.
I have candles at home that I don’t light all year long until the holidays. They’re special. They smell great and put me in a festive mood, especially the ones that have a spicy scent. But if candles aren’t handled properly, they could start a fire. In fact, two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles. NFPA’s candle safety tips remind me how to use candles safely.
There’s nothing worse than having to untangle strings of lights that are worn, broken, or have loose bulb connections. I dread it. But lights can be more than just a nuisance. According to the "Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires" report, holiday lights and other decorative lighting with line voltage were involved in an average 160 home structure fires per year from 2006-2010. The report, along with NFPA’s winter holiday safety information and videos , offer tips on addressing this and other fire safety concerns.
These are a few simple steps I’ll take for fire safety during the holidays. I hope you’ll take them too.
Lorrain Carli, Vice President of Communications, NFPA